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Single Idea 4941

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / d. Purpose of consciousness]

Full Idea

Conscious human thought can create new axioms, which a computer cannot do.


'Axioms' are assumptions

Gist of Idea

Consciousness can create new axioms, but computers can't do that


G Edelman / G Tononi (Consciousness: matter becomes imagination [2000], Ch.17)

Book Reference

Edelman,G/Tononi,G: 'Consciousness: how matter becomes imagination' [Penguin 2000], p.214

A Reaction

A nice challenge for the artificial intelligence community! I don't understand their confidence in making this assertion. Nothing in Gödel's Theorem seems to prevent the reassignment of axioms, and Quine implies that it is an easy and trivial game.